'I’m not leaving the house forever now' – US trend of 'creepy clowns' shifts to Dublin
The recent US trend of people dressing as clowns and terrifying passers-by appears to have hit Dublin.
A number of clowns have been spotted across the city centre and Darndale this week.
Irish people have been taking to Twitter and Facebook to share their photos and one girl even declared on Facebook that she’s not “leaving the house forever now”.
At first, people thought it was a hoax after a picture of a clown dressed in a baggy white suit and holding a bunch of red balloons in Darndale was shared online, but since then there has been a few more sightings.
A garda spokesperson said they have received no reports of clowns terrifying people in the capital, but advised that it may have something to do with Halloween being around the corner.
The clown craze first started in America this summer when police in South Carolina responded to reports of 'creepy' clowns trying to lure children into woods. Since then, there have been numerous other reports and warnings from police in other US states.
Meanwhile, footage has also emerged of a mob of Penn State University students apparently on the hunt for three clowns spotted in the area.
There is now even a #IfISeeAClown hashtag trending in the US.
Of all places in Dublin..why did there have to be clowns spotted in temple bar why— stacēy (@ImYecats) October 5, 2016
My dad is delighted about this clown in Darndale bc he swore blind that a clown waved at him one night last week and no one believed him— don't crowd me (@OrlaghWoods) October 4, 2016